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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Meeting Program Units

2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
Requirements for Participation

Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This year we will be hosting three sessions. The first will be a jointly-sponsored session with “The Bible Theology and Post-Modernity” group (AAR) on “Reading Transfiguration.” For this session, we invite paper proposals that explore the significance of the "event" of Transfiguration in continental philosophy, biblical studies, and theology. There is the possibility of a non-traditional format for this session. The second will be a session looking specifically at “dreams” and “visions” in biblical literature. Proposals are invited that approach these texts from contemporary critical perspectives (e.g. memory theory, psychoanalytic approaches or psycho-literary methods) and/or through the lens of film, literature and media. The third session will be an open session and we invite papers on any topic where critical methods are employed to investigate biblical texts or their applications, interpretations and thematic extensions into non-biblical media (literature, film, etc.). Proposals should be submitted electronically on the SBL site. Questions may be directed to James Smith at or Andrew Wilson at

Program Unit Chairs

 Jamie Smith
 Andrew P. Wilson

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SBL membership is required to participate in the meeting. In its efforts to foster biblical scholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues, SBL offers reduced membership rates to individuals from certain countries through the Society's International Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Individuals in these countries may pay the reduced fees of $15 for full membership and $10 for student membership. If you are a not a member of SBL but live or work in an ICI country and are interested in participating in the meeting, please consider becoming an ICI member.

For all other persons wanting to propose a paper, you must communicate directly with the chair of the program unit to which you want to propose. Chairs have the responsibility to make waiver requests, and their email addresses are available above. SBL provides membership and meeting registration waivers only for scholars who are outside the disciplines covered by the SBL program, specifically most aspects of archaeological, biblical, religious, and theological studies.

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